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Birding Guerrero, Mexico

Birding Guerrero, Mexico: The Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Area and the Sierra Madre del Sur
By Nick Lethaby and Brad Waggoner

Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo (henceforth referred to as the “Zihua area”) is a popular resort on the northern coast of Guerrero state in western Mexico. Although it is not covered in Howell's Bird-finding Guide to Mexico, it is a good location for birders who want quality birding close to their hotels. This makes it an ideal location for vacations with non-birding family members or friends, or for birders who just want to enjoy a few hours of relaxed birding most days. In addition it is relatively close to the endemic-rich Sierra Madre del Sur for those who prefer a more focused birding trip.


In this guide, we will begin with some general information about timing of our visits. We will then overview the birds in six discreet coastal areas in the Zihua area, as well as briefly discussing pelagic birding. Next we cover birding in the Sierra Madre del Sur before finishing with some discussion of birding techniques and identification problems in the area.

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"Although I have seen good birds from the old road itself, there are some side roads to explore, giving the potential to spend several mornings along here."


"Immediately by the entrance to the Refugio de Potosi, a large freshwater lagoon known as Carrizo Lagoon is visible from the road (and also from the watch tower in the Refugio). This can hold large numbers of herons (including Boat-billed), Wood Stork, Roseate Spoonbill, White and White-faced Ibises, Anhinga, American White Pelican, ducks, shorebirds, and terns, depending on the water levels (highest in November and then dropping lower into the spring)."

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